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The EDP says...Women’s role in the First World War helped save the country - and changed social attitudes

PUBLISHED: 06:32 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:28 06 November 2017

Women working for Boulton & Paul during the First World War. Picture: THE FORUM

Women working for Boulton & Paul during the First World War. Picture: THE FORUM

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Amid the commemorations of the men who died during the First World War, it is perhaps easy to forget the great contribution of those women who stayed at home.

First World War Women of Norfolk exhibition at The Forum. Exhibition research volunteers. Picture: ANTONY KELLYFirst World War Women of Norfolk exhibition at The Forum. Exhibition research volunteers. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As men went to fight and stayed in the trenches longer than expected - and in some cases didn’t come back at all - Norfolk’s women rose to the challenge of keeping the country going.

As the groundbreaking new exhibition of The Forum in Norwich shows, what they did is not to be underestimated.

Not only was the country in the grip of a national crisis, but social attitudes towards women were a world away from today.

The ongoing sexual abuse scandal in Westminster and Hollywood makes many think there is still a long way to go. But the women of the First World War not only helped save the country, they changed social attitudes too.


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